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    Bergen Group to become NorYards

    Yard News // September 13, 2013

    Following the agreement entered into in July 2013 to establish Bergen Group's shipbuilding division as a separate joint venture between Bergen Group and Calexco, a new board of directors for the new company has now been appointed.

    The new company, which has been named NorYards AS, has already taken necessary steps to prepare for the solicitation of new contracts.
    When the sale of the group's shipbuilding division to the new company is completed Calexco will acquire 51 per cent ownership in NorYards AS. All existing shipbuilding projects in Bergen Group will, as from that date, be completed by NorYards AS under service agreements, ensuring agreed quality and delivery times.
    For the interim period until permanent recruiting has been carried out, NorYards AS will be managed by the following key personnel:

    • Asle Solheim will be the managing director. Mr Solheim will combine this with his current position at CEO of Bergen Group ASA
    • Anders Straumsheim will be in charge of marketing and sales activity. Mr Straumsheim will combine this with his current position as CEO of Bergen Group Fosen   
    • Yuriy Dovgiy will be the Deputy CEO for NorYards AS. Mr Dovgiy will combine this with his current position as Sales and Marketing director of Zaliv Shipyard. He will, among other functions, also take care of the marketing and sales together with Anders Straumsheim.
    NorYards AS its first general meeting this week, electing a board of directors consisting of three representatives from each party. Sutharshan Tharmaratnam has been appointed Chairman of the Board. He is CFO of Brian Chang Holdings Limited, which is representing the largest current shareholder of Bergen Group. The group’s two other board representatives in NorYards are Magnus Stangeland and Oddvar Stangeland.
    Calexco is represented on the Board by Mykola Kuzmenko who is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Zaliv Shipyard, as well as by Yuri Rioneli and James Henry Merrick.


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